Slades Farm Community Garden
The Community Garden was set up by Transition Bournemouth to help create a sustainable, wildlife friendly community garden, grow vegetables and carry out conservation activities, in the Slades Farm area, at Ensbury Park.
Everyone is welcome to get involved and they’re always very enthusiastic to have new volunteers. They can provide support for anyone who might need it and there’s a lot to do so they can always find tasks to suit any age or ability. They currently run regular work parties with the type of activities available varying with the seasons and the weather. They range from big projects like pond-digging, and making fences, to conservation tasks like creating wildlife habitats, and many gardening tasks; sowing, planting, weeding, pruning, and of course, harvesting! They also organise occasional wildlife surveys and social get togethers.
Both Slades Farm Community Garden and Transition Bournemouth have been part of the Sustainable Food City Partnership since its inception. They believe in our ethos that by working together through a Partnership we can really begin to improve the sustainability of food in our communities.
Sourcing local products
They grow their own vegetables and you can’t get anymore local than eating food next to the ground you dug it up from! They also run events and activities and often bring food along to share. Wherever possible they make sure what they haven’t grown themselves has also been locally sourced.
They can’t get everything they need locally, particularly the tea, coffee and biscuits required to keep them going when working in the garden. When they can’t, they ensure that they use Fairtrade products and Fairtrade ingredients.
Managing waste & recycling
They compost everything! This is an essential part of the principles they manage the garden on. This means that no food ever gets wasted whether it’s their produce or food they’ve brought with them.
Working with communities
Their garden is all about the community and open to anyone to come along and enjoy with them. The more people that join the garden the more successful and productive it will be so they are always very happy to welcome new volunteers.
They regularly participate in the Sustainable Food City’s Big Dig events in March and September where they open the garden gates in partnership with other community gardens in the area to encourage people to come down and see what they do, then hopefully come back as a regular volunteer.
We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved at Slades Farm Community Garden and would love to share it with more people in the community. We believe that everyone should have the skills and access to space to grow their own food and hope we can support people to achieve that.
Getting to us
The Slades Farm Open Space is in between Ensbury Avenue, in Ensbury Park, and Talbot Woods. You can get a Yellow 5a to Colombia Road or a Yellow 6 to the university. For cyclists there is some bicycle parking. For those who need to drive, there is a car park off Ensbury Avenue. The Community garden area is north of the velodrome, in between the new dog training area and the woods.